| Jun 5, 2014
| 9:27 AM
A tumultuous legislative session came to an end on a sour note.
On May 30, Democrats rammed through an unbalanced budget that was cobbled together with a combination of borrowing schemes, fund sweeps, payment delays and inflated revenue projections...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Del. Gordon Helsel called this week to get something off his chest: He thinks Gov. Terry McAuliffe should remove his demands for Medicaid expansion from the current budget debate.
Now, this isn't a surprise. Helsel, R-Poquoson, is part of the House...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 6:38 PM
Studying the universe — perhaps even modern science as a whole — is as American as apple pie and baseball.
Although America was not the first country to launch a satellite into orbit, it has, for more than half a century, pioneered the...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Residents in Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 will have a month to view the district's tentative budget before a public hearing is held next month.
Board of Education members voted to post the preliminary 2014-2015 budget at the...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:46 PM
Q: We live in a five-unit condominium. Since we bought our unit last summer, it has been assessed more than $10,000 in special assessments. It appears that previous boards deferred maintenance for many years and there is no reserve fund. Is there anything...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:28 PM
St. Charles School District 303 is projecting a budget deficit of about $400,000 in an overall budget of nearly $210 million next fiscal year, according to district documents.
On Thursday, the Board of Education's Business Services Committee reviewed...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:05 PM
With a Sunday deadline for a state budget agreement, a proposed fee on oil transported by rail cars across California has emerged as a major target for opposition by oil companies and business lobbyists.
The controversial fee was proposed by the Brown...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced Friday that they have reached an agreement on California's budget.
The announcement comes one day after the joint budget committee finished vetting a series of high-profile issues and two days before...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 11:58 AM
WASHINGTON -- With little drama Thursday, House Republicans easily approved a largely symbolic budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), closing out a floor debate over spending priorities and opening a new front on the midterm campaign trail.
| Mar 7, 2014
| 5:20 PM
I had a lot of fun a few years ago writing about mondegreens, which are instances of misheard lyrics or other statements.
Readers kept sending them to me for months, and they resulted in several columns.
One of the most famous mondegreens got repeated...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida lawmakers eager to cut taxes and boost spending in an election-year got $124 million more reasons Wednesday.
State economists revised Florida's revenue forecast upward by that amount for the fiscal year beginning in July on the...